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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: Sports Alphabet
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (December 19, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585362387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585362387
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 10.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-From "A is for Arena./The game is played in here,/a building where the fans all gather/to clap and boo and cheer" to "-Zamboni for Z-/a machine that cleans the ice,/ensuring for tomorrow's game/a surface smooth and nice," this volume introduces various aspects of the sport and some highlights from its history. For example, "U is for Team USA-/Who, to everyone's surprise,/at Lake Placid won Olympic Gold/before a nation filled with pride." The use of Canadian spelling, according to the author, is a tribute to the origins of the game. Bold acrylic paintings depict professional players, as well as youngsters at play. Buy where demand warrants.
L. R. Little, Penticton Public Library, British Columbia, Canada
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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My 5 year old son loved this book.
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I bought this book for my first granddaughter and coming from a hockey family it was a necessary buy.
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It is a fun book for kids and adults!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "swanny70" on January 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My 4 year old "hockey-nut" son absolutely adores this book. It makes bedtime easier because he knows we get to read this book. As a first grade teacher, I applaude the way that the authors have also made this a "teaching" book. My son is now recognizing the alphabet as we read the book. I plan on buying several more and giving it as a gift! A++++++
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a must for any hockey fan with children. Not only is it a traditional ABC's book, it also teaches about the history of hockey and helps people of all ages get a better appreciation for the game.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am always curious to learn just what letter will be used in the title of an alphabet book. "Z is for Zamboni" is perfect! Why? Because what I know about hockey is contained in the title: a zamboni (to quote the book) is "a machine that cleans the ice, ensuring for tomorrow's game/ a surface smooth and nice."

I looked at all the hockey books in the children's division of Amazon, seeking just one representative, informative book about hockey. I had a request from one of my younger patrons/students for a book on hockey. Being familiar with the alphabet books, I knew this one would not disappoint. In fact, I am sure it will delight.

But back to that zamboni. "The ice of the hockey arena becomes rough and chopped-up after the players skate on it for awhile." Repairing it was difficult until Frank Zamboni, in 1949, "invented a motorized ice-resurfacing machine" which "scrapes off a thin layer of ice and lay(s) down an even amount of water" at the beginning of each period and each game.

Does the above wording seem written for ages 4-8, the intended audience? The way all these alphabet books works is this: the little rhyming quatrains and illustrations are for kids and the more detailed information on the sides of each double-paged spread is for older audiences, making this book one for all ages. That is pretty much true for all the alphabet books.

The history of hockey, players, terms, sporting events, and participation in the sport are items included in the book. And, wow, I learned quite a bit in my read-through. Young readers will have a field day with this book. No, make that: Young readers will have a hockey game with this book. No, that means hitting and shoving and perhaps a P: penalty for two, five, or ten minutes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. David Haylock on November 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I recently bought this book for my niece. She just loves the illustrations, and likes to read along. I think she almost has it memorized!!! A great gift for any child.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tracy on December 19, 2010
Format: Board book
The board book very of the book pales in comparison to the full version. Sometimes board books are edited to keep the main story and essence of the book intact. Sometimes they are not. Not only does this board book understandably leave out all the interesting facts on each of the pages to save space, it also less understandably contains only 2 lines of the 4 line rhyme for each letter. With only 2 lines, guess what? it doesn't even rhyme. At first my spouse thought maybe it didn't rhyme because it was originally a Canadian book and was translated from French. (lol!) Here's an example, for the letter F, the board book has only "F is for the Forward who likes to skate quite fast". The full book continues with "He loves to pass as well as shoot to score a goal at last." The book is so much richer with the all four lines for each letter. The board book has the same beautiful pictures as the original, but without only 2 of the four main lines for each letter, it really misses something including the rhyme. We are now happily the owners of the full book, which has let us know how much we were missing, and the board book will be moving on to the discard pile.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is great--with lots of info for all ages. My 2 year-old just received it as a gift and loves it. My husband and I are just as interested as he is!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Buttons on December 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was absolutely first-line, rookie-of-the-year impressed by "Z is for Zamboni." I don't think there could have been much more crease-crashing, glove-wearing, hockey-spelling hockey in this book. Everyone I've shown it to has been impressed both by the amount of hockey in the book, and also by the fact that all 26 some-odd letters have a rhyme specifically written for them, relating to the "old stick and puck." I would recommend this book to anyone interested in hockey, or the alphabet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Shuman on April 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great way to work with the ABC's when you have a classful of sports-minded boys. Being a primary teacher, I am always looking for different approaches to the alphabet. What a great way to interest boys. I first heard this book from the Philadelphia Flyers/Phantoms Organization. They came to our school for an assembly. Since it was a little over our children's heads, they read this book to them instead. The children were enthralled. I then had to order it to become a permanent part of my personal school library! Not only does it explain the basics of hockey, it brings in some of its history. Very enjoyable!!
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